Tag Archives: comfort food

Mamma’s Orange Rolls: #SundaySupper

My great-grandmother’s recipe for melt-in-your mouth orange sweet rolls with hints of cinnamon and cardamom. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza, this is the time of year we celebrate the circles of family, friendship, and community. We revisit childhood memories and Christmases passed, and […]

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Butternut-Caramelized Onion Empanadas

Buttery empanadas filled with caramelized onions, butternut squash, apples and raisins.   I had my first empanadas when we were traveling through Ecuador a few years ago. Myles and I were enjoying a few days in the charming, mountain town of Cuenca, in the southern […]

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Boozy Pumpkin Bread

Moist, old-fashioned pumpkin bread loaded with spices and topped with a sugar crust. Welcome to my new blog home!! I’m very excited about it, and hope you enjoy the new digs. I’m still re-orienting a bunch of the photos and getting all my recipes integrated […]

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Lentil Stew Shepherd’s Pie: #SundaySupper

Shepherd's Pie : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Vegetarian twist on a classic Shepherd’s Pie with lentil stew, swiss chard, topped with mashed cauliflower/potatoes and slow roasted tomatoes. The #SundaySupper theme this week is Thanksgiving leftovers. What? We’re planning leftovers before we’ve even had the meal?? I can only say that we’re planners […]

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Fusilli with Eggplant, Tomatoes and Capers

Fusilli with Eggplant Tomatoes and Capers

Classic Sicilian pasta of fusilli tossed with eggplant, tomatoes, and capers with added tofu to boost the protein punch. Re-entry has not been smooth. After spending a month in Italy, my internal clock remains in vacanza, as it clearly has no idea if I should […]

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Swiss Chard and Quinoa Gratin

Swiss Chard and Quinoa Gratin - slider

Gratin of swiss chard, ricotta and asiago cheeses and breadcrumbs make for a vegetarian comfort dish. What makes you sing? I’m not talking about pretending to be a rock star when your favorite tune comes on the radio; belting out lyrics while driving home from […]

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Kale – Cauliflower Tart in a Cheddar Crust

hearty tart with kale and cauliflower in a cheddar crust

Delicious tart of kale, caramelized onions, cauliflower and roasted tomatoes in a cheddar cheese crust. I think we’re fitting the rain of one season into one month here in the Bay Area. To be fair, it’s not that we’re getting a lot of hard, driving, […]

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Ribollita Peasant Soup

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Peasant soup of cannellini beans, tomatoes, onion, greens, and thickened with browned-butter breadcrumbs. After a parched winter, we’re enjoying a week of welcome rain here in northern California. It’s a soothing rain that ebbs and flows, with short breaks not quite long enough to leave […]

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True Grit(s)

Cheesy Grits and Greens The Wimpy Vegetarian

Stone ground grits cooked with cheddar and smoked gouda cheeses, smokey collard greens, and Swiss chard sauteed with roasted tomatoes. My mom was a southern girl reluctantly transplanted into northern soils as a young bride. She adjusted to her new home, but she missed the […]

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Yosemite with Suzanne Goin: Young Broccoli with Burrata

Broccolini with Burrata

Suzanne Goin’s broccolini with burrata from Sunday Suppers at Lucques. If you’ve never attended the Chefs’ Holidays® events hosted by The Ahwahnee® Hotel every winter, there’s still time for 2012. It is the perfect little vacation after the madness of the holidays. The Ahwahnee is a magical […]

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Easy Whole Wheat Boule with Fennel Seed

Whole Wheat Boule with Fennel Seed

Easy whole wheat yeasted bread flavored with fennel seed. Yeasted breads and I were not instant friends. There was no spark. No pull of attraction.  No camaraderie. But in school, you don’t get to choose:  “Susan, meet yeasted bread recipe. Find a workspace and go […]

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Braised Endive and Fennel Gratin

comforting, casserole of braised endive and fennel, cooking for a crowd

Light but comforting casserole of braised endive layered with fennel in a gratin that can be served year-round. Meeting holiday expectations can be hard. Sometimes the expectations (and hopes) we have around holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Valentines, take such an idealistic shape thanks to […]

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